Matthew White

Brass virtuoso
Matthew White is a young master of the euphonium, an instrument in the brass family with an ineffably lovely tone.

Why you should listen

The euphonium, a sort of midsize tuba, is capable of great beauty of tone and a wide harmonic range. But it is notoriously difficult to master, which perhaps explains why it is fairly little-known. Matthew White has been playing the "euph"for years and years, and his mature, confident playing belies his age.

White was a finalist in the brass section of the 2008 BBC Young Musicians of the Year competition, and has guested with the legendary Black Dyke Band as the first honoree musician in the band's Young Artist Scheme, a yearlong fellowship. He was Principal Euphonium with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and also played with the award-winning Leyland Band. He now continues his study of the euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music.

What others say

“A fabulous sound; lovely technique and coped with the demands of the piece whilst communicating with the audience superbly.” — Review, 2007 BBC Radio

Matthew White’s TED talk

Matthew White on the TED Blog

Music

Giving the euphonium a new voice: Matthew White on TED.com

October 30, 2009

The euphonium, a tuba-like musical instrument, is rarely heard outside of traditional brass bands. Young euph prodigy Matthew White uses hip-hop rhythms and a wild new vocal technique to bring a fresh sound to this underappreciated horn. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 2:21) Twitter URL: http://on.ted.com/5l Watch Matthew White’s talk on […]

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